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There's no place like Qualcomm for the road weary Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    The Chargers are grateful for Sunday.
    They have good reason.
    They have not played at Qualcomm Stadium in a month and have played just three games at home all season. Just three other teams (Pittsburgh, Arizona and Detroit) have played that few so far.
    This is the first of five home games in the season's second half and first of four between now and Dec. 4.
    “We're so glad to be back home,” linebacker Stephen Cooper said. “We haven't had much success on the road.”
    The Chargers are 17-2 at home and 11-10 on the road since the start of the 2006 season. In that span, they have scored, on average, four more points at home and allowed almost seven fewer.
    Their two most complete games – their only complete games – this season have come at home. They got up early on the New York Jets and New England Patriots and controlled those games throughout.
    The defense has not allowed a first-quarter touchdown in 11 regular-season games, as the Chargers have outscored visiting teams 91-7 in that span.
    “That's the foundation for winning for most teams, but especially our team,” said quarterback Philip Rivers. “The makeup of our team – emotionally and our ability – when we get a lead look out. It's feeding off each other. That's when we're at our most dangerous.”
    Even this season, the Chargers defense is much better at home. In five road games, the Chargers are allowing 283 yards passing per game (second-worst in NFL), 403.6 scrimmage yards per game (third-worst) and 26.8 points (10th-worst). In three home games, they are allowing 249 passing (21st), 345.3 (21st) scrimmage and 21.7 points (18th). They had three sacks against the Jets and four against New England.
    “It's like a pit bull,” Cooper said. “When you smell blood, you lock it up. We feel comfortable at home, and our fans get going. It's crazy.”

    Waters impressing

    Anthony Waters is too good an athlete, has been making too many plays on special teams, has too much upside to be kept down.
    He will likely be active Sunday for the third time this season after sitting the last game because the Chargers needed depth elsewhere.
    “I want to have Waters up,” head coach Norv Turner said.
    The Chargers want him active enough that they have moved him from inside to outside linebacker where he can help more immediately.
    “He's fortunate,” Turner said, “He can play both.”
    Waters was drafted in the third round in 2007 as an inside linebacker. He did not play last season while recovering from ACL reconstruction, and he was inactive the first five games of this season after a minor setback with his knee disrupted his training camp. When he was activated, he became a force on kickoff coverage.
    “You see that when he gets out there he is going to make plays,” defensive coordinator Ron Rivera said.
    Waters, who is quick and strong, could face a permanent switch to the outside. That's something coaches will evaluate in the offseason.
    “I like it,” said Waters, who played inside in college but started his career at Clemson playing the weak outside linebacker. “Anything that will help me showcase my talent. It's fun. You have to beat one guy to get to the quarterback.”

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    – Tight ends have caught 49 passes for 612 yards and six touchdowns against the Chargers. Sunday they face Tony Gonzalez, the all-time receptions, yardage and touchdowns leader among tight ends. Said strong safety Clinton Hart: “I think we're prepared.
    We've got to eliminate the big plays. We have to minimize the catches and minimize the yards after the catch.”
    – Chris Chambers (ankle), Antonio Cromartie (hip), Jeremy Newberry (illness) and Jamal Williams (illness) are listed as probable for Sunday. Williams is the only one who did not practice Friday.
    – The Chiefs early Friday listed cornerback Patrick Surtain (quad) and defensive end Turk McBride (shoulder) as questionable but later said they did not make the trip to San Diego and are “out.” Running back Larry Johnson (suspended for personal conduct) also did not make the trip.

    By Kevin Acee
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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Holy ****!! :icon_eek: :tup:

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    Thanks JL, Wow! it must be tough being a Chef's fan right now.:lol:

    I am by no means bragging, wish I could say we haven/t down like that but I can't. Poor Chef's girl.:icon_sad:
  4. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    That's what I like to see. More Waters! :abq2:

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    It sure will be nice to see pics from back home.
  6. VikingBolt

    VikingBolt BoltTalker

    Oct 8, 2006
    Guess they weren't hungry enough to feed off each more than 1 point to win.

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